Joseph G. Petrosinelli
Partner, Williams & Connolly, LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law
A.B., Brown; J.D., Georgetown
A.B., Brown; J.D. magna cum laude, Georgetown. Professor Petrosinelli is a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP and Co-Chair of the ’s Products Liability and...Continue Reading
A.B., Brown; J.D. magna cum laude, Georgetown. Professor Petrosinelli is a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP and Co-Chair of the ’s Products Liability and Criminal Defense and Government Investigations practice groups. He has tried numerous civil and criminal cases in federal and state courts, has been lead counsel in several significant U.S. and international arbitrations, and has represented clients in litigation and investigations matters in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Professor Petrosinelli’s civil practice focuses on products liability, mass tort/class action, and complex commercial litigation. He has represented manufacturers and suppliers of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, industrial equipment, military hardware and technology, and various other products in litigation and arbitration matters across the United States and internationally. He also has represented various companies in large contract and other commercial disputes.
In his government investigations and criminal defense practice, Professor Petrosinelli represents clients in a wide variety of matters, including federal grand jury proceedings, trial and appellate work in federal and state courts, and international or cross-border investigations. He has defended both individuals and corporations against allegations of mail and wire fraud, false claims, government contracts fraud, FCPA violations, public corruption, healthcare fraud, and securities violations. He and two of his partners successfully represented the petitioner before the U.S. Supreme Court in Cleveland v. United States, 531 U.S. 12 (2000), a leading case on the interpretation of the federal mail and wire fraud statutes.